Calida blocking release of war on drugs documents, lawyers' group tells SC


Posted at Feb 28 2019 03:58 PM

MANILA- Solicitor General Jose Calida is refusing to release reports on the war on drugs despite a Supreme Court order to do so, a lawyer's group complained Wednesday.

The Center for International Law (Centerlaw) said it has filed a motion with the high court to protest Calida's refusal to give them copies of the said documents.

The Supreme Court in 2017 ordered the government to submit reports on the thousands alleged drug suspects killed in presumed-legitimate police anti-drug operations.

Calida had initially refused to heed the court's order, saying the documents involve sensitive information that has national security implications. He, however, later complied with the order.

Centerlaw said that while the government's top lawyer submitted the documents to the high court, he did not furnish the petitioners challenging the constitutionality of the anti-narcotics campaign with copies.

"This is in violation of the Rules of Court that requires that pleadings and papers must be served on the parties affected," Centerlaw said in a statement Thursday.

The group also alleged that by refusing to provide petitioners with copies of the documents, Calida is violating their right to due process, “right of the people to information on matters of public concern,” and the government’s “full public disclosure of all its transactions involving public interest.”